Facebook banned by one of the world's smallest countries

DECCAN CHRONICLE | NICOLE FERNANDES
Published May 8, 2015, 12:43 am IST
Updated Mar 29, 2019, 6:26 am IST
Facebook ban has received criticism from refugee advocates and opposition leaders
Facebook ban has received criticism from refugee advocates and opposition leaders
 Facebook ban has received criticism from refugee advocates and opposition leaders

Families living in Nauru - one of the world's smallest countries, will no more be allowed to access Facebook. The social media platform has been used for several political protest campaigns in the recent past. A report by Business Insider stated that the government of Nauru plans to censor ‘internet sites that show pornography, particularly those featuring children.’

Around 10,000 inhabitants are annoyed with the government’s decision of banning Facebook. Slate also reported that the citizens of Nauru, one of the smallest countries in the world, are government's lack of transparency, evidenced by its shutting out members of the opposition, having an ineffective parliament where basically there's no scrutiny or debate on policies and activities.

 

Adding to this, the government has also reportedly also put restrictions on where and when people can protest. This in a way raises a question regarding freedom of speech on social media platforms. Sadly, the refugees in the Nauru detention centre won’t be able to contact family members via Facebook anymore.

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